Saturday, May 19, 2012

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Launch Scrubbed

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida -- The launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with its Dragon spacecraft was aborted just one second before its scheduled launch from the Space Launch Complex-40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station just east of Kennedy Space Center in Florida, NASA reported today. 

The rocket engines had begun to fire, and the abort left the Falcon 9 on the launch pad in a cloud of rocket engine exhaust. 

The updated weather forecast for launch is 80% favorable weather.  The aborted mission was due to technical difficulties.  NASA says a launch computer automatically triggered the abort of the SpaceX Faclon 9 launch sequence. 

Early data shows that the chamber pressure on Engine 5 of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket was high, causing the abort.  The exact cause remains under investigation.

NASA will hold a post-scrub news conference this morning at 6:30 a.m.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch has been rescheduled for 3:44 a.m. on May 22, 2012.

There was a single instantaneous launch opportunity at 4:55 a.m. EDT on May 19 for the second SpaceX demonstration launch for NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS)